What Psychologists Know and Believe about Memory: A Survey of Practitioners
Version of Record online: 12 APR 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 54–60, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Magnussen, S. and Melinder, A. (2012), What Psychologists Know and Believe about Memory: A Survey of Practitioners. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 26: 54–60. doi: 10.1002/acp.1795
- Issue online: 18 JAN 2012
- Version of Record online: 12 APR 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 29 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Received: 24 AUG 2010
We surveyed 858 licensed psychologists, members of the Norwegian Psychological Association, about their knowledge and beliefs about human memory. The results were compared to the results of parallel surveys of legal professionals and lay persons, and evaluated in the light of the results of current memory science. The results indicate that psychologists are not memory experts qua psychologists; as a group, psychologists do not score above the level of knowledge of lay persons or trial judges on issues of eyewitness memory, and a substantial minority of the sample of respondents harbours scientifically unproven ideas of memory. The implications of these findings for psychological practice, with special reference to the court room, are briefly discussed. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.